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IN CONTEXT

Focus

The encyclopedic novel

Before

1851 Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is the first great encyclopedic American novel.

1963 Thomas Pynchon’s debut novel V. anticipates Gravity’s Rainbow in its panoramic and information-packed scope.

After

1996 Dealing with addiction, family relationships, tennis, entertainment, advertising, Quebecois separatism, and film theory, the encyclopedic novel Infinite Jest, by American writer David Foster Wallace, has 388 endnotes.

1997 Using baseball—and one baseball in particular—as its central conceit, American author Don DeLillo’s complex novel Underworld stretches from the 1950s to the 1990s and involves both fictional ...

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